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Colorado’s geographic renaming board begins process of scrubbing Native American slur from 28 sites

The flurry of approvals marked a rare moment of rapid decision making. The state board had officially recommended changing just two features since it began meeting in the fall of 2020

Outdoors

Opinion: Colorado oil and gas could help America break free of Russian energy

But it will require undoing past damage to the state’s energy sector

Opinion Columns

Sen. Kirkmeyer and Sheriff Reams: Make fentanyl distribution and possession a felony, again

It’s too deadly and prevalent to handle with kid gloves

Opinion Columns

$76 million could fix Colorado’s youth mental health system, study finds as kids are sent out of state for care

“We don’t do this to kids with cancer.” Residential treatment centers for youth have warned for years that they’re headed for collapse.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer wants permission to drill closer than 2,000 feet from homes

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum wants exclusion from the state’s 2,000-foot buffer to drill 26 wells near 87 homes in Firestone. Critics say it would render new oil and gas rules useless. 

Business

A record number of Coloradans are pursuing conservation easements as land, water prices increase

A new law offers landowners securing tax credits worth 90% of the value of the conservation easement on their property.

Outdoors

Colorado has finalized its congressional redistricting, but don’t forget about your powerful county commission

Some counties won’t redraw their commission-district lines until 2023, thanks to a deadline extension granted by Colorado lawmakers

Politics and Government

New CDOT rules will force road projects to cut emissions — or else put money toward transit options

New highway projects must now cut overall pollution, offer transit alternatives, and force a revolution in land-use planning.

Transportation

Weld County’s health department is no longer allowed to post about COVID on social media

46 people died from the coronavirus in Weld County last month. The commissioners say they'll no longer approve Facebook posts about vaccination against the disease.

Coronavirus

Can a climate-conscious CDOT build new roads and cut greenhouse gases at the same time?

After a century of making life easier for cars and trucks, the state’s transportation agency also has the job of cutting pollution. Not everyone is on board.

Climate

Zillow spent big in Colorado’s Front Range this summer, months before collapse of home-flipping business

The online real estate giant Zillow bought more than 500 homes in 10 Front Range counties this summer, often spending more than asking.

Business

Trial of man accused of killing 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews in Greeley ends with hung jury

Jurors found Steve Pankey guilty of false reporting but could not reach agreement on murder and kidnapping charges

Crime and Courts

Republican Lori Saine, a Weld County commissioner, enters race for new 8th Congressional District

Controversial former state lawmaker likely will face a competitive primary as Democrats and the GOP vie for Colorado’s newest congressional seat

Politics and Government

Colorado may have more sites with dangerous “forever chemicals” than any other state

A new analysis of an EPA database shows demand for PFAS in fracking and other industries puts Front Range at the top of the contamination list.

Environment

Weld County judge orders body camera video release in alleged chokehold arrest after media challenge

Greeley police Officer Ken Amick was charged with second-degree assault on June 28 after he allegedly put a suspect in a chokehold

Crime and Courts

Anti-maskers are spreading a new tactic to challenge Colorado school boards: recalls

In Boulder and Weld counties, parents upset with mask mandates are trying to recall school board members who support them

Education

$100M lawsuit over smelly Weld County fertilizer plant can go ahead after high court declines to hear appeal

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about a biogas plant that generated complaints about the smell from neighbors

Politics and Government

Colorado’s population grew at twice the national rate between 2010 and 2020. Here’s where the boom was biggest.

The populations of Broomfield and Weld counties grew by 30%, and Colorado’s Hispanic population followed growth trend across the West

Politics and Government

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation sentenced to a year in prison

Former Judge Ryan Kamada tipped off his friend about the investigation after officers asked him to sign a search warrant

Crime and Courts

Fort Collins planners, worried about Poudre River impacts, reject Northern Water’s plan for 3-mile pipeline through the city

Rejection of the NISP pipeline is yet another skirmish in a series of water and pipeline battles playing out in the northern Front Range.

Environment
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